a podcast is an
a podcast series usually features one or more recurring hosts engaged in a discussion about a particular topic or current event. discussion and content within a podcast can range from carefully scripted to totally improvised. podcasts combine elaborate and artistic sound production with thematic concerns ranging from scientific research to
the cost to the consumer is low. while many podcasts are free to download, others are underwritten by corporations or sponsored, with the inclusion of commercial advertisements. in other cases, a podcast could also be a business venture supported by some combination of a paid subscription model, advertising or product delivered after sale).
people are motivated to create a podcast for a number of reasons. the podcast producer, who is often the podcast host as well, may wish to express a personal passion, increase professional visibility, enter into a social network of influencers or influential ideas, cultivate a community of like-minded viewership, or put forward pedagogical or ideological ideas (possibly under philanthropic support).
because podcast content is often free or, at the very least, affordable for the average podcast consumer, podcasting is often classified as a